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COACHES CORNER

Ivan Meza

Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Highest License Obtained: United soccer coaches level 1 & 2 GK certification 
Course for methodology and planning GK training by Memo Velazquez (Women's Mexican national team GK coach)

Playing experience:
20 years playing 

Played 12 years at club level
Played 8 years PDL (El Paso Patriots)
Played US Open Cup 

Coaching Experience:
15 years coaching at club level (u5-u16)
2 years GK at PDL level
1 year ODP coach 


Victor Olivares

Head of Coaching Development 

Highest License Obtained:
USSF "C" License - Current "B" License Candidate
ENDIT Mexico (Mexican Football Federation) "B" License.
Degree: Professional Masters In Football - F.C. Barcelona, Instituto Nacional de Educacion Fisica de Catalunia (INEFC Barcelona), and Federcion Catalana de Futbol.
Masters in High Performance Football - MBP School of Coaches Barcelona.
Professional Masters In Human Performance in Team Sports - Byomedic Sytems, and Instituto Nacional de Educacion Fisica de Catalunia (INEFC Barcelona).

Playing Experience:
Student Athlete - 3 Times State Champion with Lydia Patterson Institute
West Texas A&M University
Professional Teams and Semi-Pro Teams -
Mexico's Professional 3rd Division - Soles de Cd. Juarez
UPSL - Indios USA
PDL - El Paso Patriots
PDL - Midland Sockers
PDL - Houston Leones

Coaching Experience
Club Level:
Amarillo Drifters
El Paso Cosmos
FC Dallas Youth
Houston Dynamo Youth

Universities:
West Texas A&M University - Assistant Coach
Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez - Assistant Coach

Professional:
Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico Liga Ascenso MX (Potros UAEM) - Assistant Coach.
Club Esportiu Europa Segunda RFEF Liga Espanola - Assistant Intern Coach


Club Coaches

Julio Cardona

Locomotive 2009 Gold Team Coach

Degree: Currently pursuing Bachelors in Human Resources

Playing experience: 
4 Years at club level

Coaching experience:
1 year as Isabela SC assistant coach
Currently coaching 2009 Locomotive Gold 
Born in Puerto Rico and currently working as AGR in the US Army Reserves at El Paso, TX 

John Gallegos

Locomotive 2013 Blue Team Coach

Highest License obtained: USSF D License
Degree: Master's degree in Sports Administration

Playing experience:
13 years at the club level
 
HS Soccer State Playoffs

Coaching Experience: 
10 Years coaching at the HS level  
8 Years head coach – Chapin HS Boys Soccer
22 Years coaching at the youth level (U6-U18) 
HS Varsity Bi District Champion (2021)

District 1-5A Coach of the year (2021)

Endy Gonzalez

Locomotive 2007 Blue Team Coach

Highest License Obtained: USSF D License
Degree: Bachelors of Marketing (Mexico)

Playing Experience:
13 years at club level
2 years at collegiate level in Mexico

Coaching Experience:
8 years club coaching
2 years with Club Atlas Academy
5 years coaching (U5-U18) Southwest Youth Academy - Locomotive FC 2010
4 years coaching UPSL (Semi-Pro) Southwest Football Club
National Final Four UPSL Fall 2019
UPSL Conference Championship 2019-2021
UPSL Regional Championship 2019
US Open Cup 2019-2021

Keighton Hines

Locomotive 2005 Girls Team Coach

Highest License obtained: U.S. Grassroots 
Degree: Bachelors of Business Administration in Economics; Master of Science in Economics 

Playing experience:
13 years at the club level
5 years at the collegiate level

Coaching Experience: 
Coaching club level for 5 years
Coach goalkeepers for 10 years

John Hoban

Locomotive 2008 Blue Team Coach

Highest License Obtained: USSF D license 
Degree: Bachelor's degree in biological sciences from UTEP

Playing experience:
14 years at the club level

HS Soccer All District and All City first team GK (2003 & 2004)

Coaching Experience:
19 years coaching at the youth soccer level (U6-U18)
12 years coaching at the High School level (5 yrs junior varsity and 7 years Varsity)
3X HS district champions 
El Paso Times HS coach of the Year (19/20)

Mike Kapuscik

Locomotive 2014 Blue & Gold Teams Coach 

Highest License Obtained: USSF National 'E'
Degree: Bachelors in Computer Information Systems from UTEP

Playing Experience:
Played at the collegiate level at University of Texas at Dallas
4 year varsity at Andress HS (El Paso, Tx)
2 District Championships
1st Team All District
30+ years of playing

Coaching Experience:
10 Years Coaching at the High School Varsity Level & Currently the Boys Varsity coach at Hanks HS
15 years coaching at the youth level (U6-U14)

Mark Lopez

Locomotive 2006 Girls Team Coach

Degree: Bachelor’s Degree Social Psychology Master’s degree in Education
Playing experience:
15 years at the club level
4 Years HS Soccer District Championships, Area Championships Sweet 16
Coaching Experience: 
10 Years coaching at the youth level (U12-U18) 
HS Varsity Boys and Girls Assistant Head Coach  
Junior Varsity Head Coach 
State Final Four 
Head Varsity Women’s Coach

Jacob Meraz

Locomotive 2010 Blue Team Coach

Highest License obtained: USSF C License
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration

Playing experience:
8 years at the club level
4 year at the collegiate level2x HS Soccer State Runner-up

Coaching Experience:
20 years coaching youth level u6-u19

Osvaldo Morales

Locomotive 2005 Blue Team Coach

Highest License obtained: Professional license from the Mexican Soccer Federation in 2020
Currently seeking the C license for the US Soccer Federation 
Degree: Master's degree in Education

Coaching Experience: 2 years coaching for Locomotive Youth Soccer Teams.
12 years as an educator
8 years coaching at the youth level (u7 - u18).

Alejandro Orona

Locomotive 2009 Blue Team Coach

Highest License obtained: USSF C License
Degree: World Language-Spanish: K-12 Teaching Endorsement, Bachelor of Arts


Playing experience:
13 years at the club level

2 years at the collegiate level

Coaching Experience:
2 Years coaching at the youth level (U8-U14)
Inferno Cup 2021 Champions
11th Annual ACYSO Spring Shootout 2021 Champions
NM Rush Fall Open Cup 2022 Champions
Arsenal Challenge 2022 Champions

Juse Torresdey

Locomotive 2010 Gold Team Coach

Highest License obtained: In the process of obtaining USSF D License
Degree: Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts in Spanish/ Minor in Secondary Education

Playing Experience: 2 years Escuela de fútbol Astros
2 years Varsity Montwood HS
1 year UTEP Men's Club

Coaching Experience: 
14 years coaching
Coach of the Year Award 2014
Austin High School JV Girls District Champion 2008-2009
Andress High School JV Girls District Champion 2014, 2020, 2022
Andress High School Varsity Girls Soccer 2 time sweet 16 appearance as Assistant Coach 2015, 2017
El Paso Locomotive Youth Soccer Silver 2010 boys 2nd place El Paso Premier League, 2nd place Texas Cup 2022

Raul Vazquez

Locomotive 2011 Blue & Gold Teams Coach

Highest Licenses Obtained:
Professional Head Coach Diploma from the Mexican Federation. 
A License FMF 
B License FMF 
C License FMF

School of Sport Coaches México:
B License
C License
Currently seeking A License

United States Federation:
D License
Currently seeking C License

Degree: Business Administration UACJ at CD. Juarez Chih.
Multiple Sport Science Certifications and Sports Performance
More than 15 years of experience at club level

Tournaments won:
Texas Cup
Copa Rayados
Campeón Nacional Copa Alianza
Copa San Antonio
Texas Super Cup

Edwin Villareal


ACADEMY COACHES

Colin Herlinger

Locomotive 2008 Academy Team Coach

Highest License obtained: USSF A Senior License
Degree: Master's degree in Sports Pedagogy in a focus of soccer coaching

Playing experience:
12 years at the club level
1 year at the collegiate level

HS Soccer State quarter and semifinalists (2014 & 2015)
 

Coaching Experience:
2 Years coaching professionally with Loudoun United (USL Championship)
12 Years coaching at the youth level (U9-U18)

HS Varsity Finalists and Semi Finalists
State cup Champion 2019

President Cup champion 2022

Obed Hernandez

Locomotive 2006 Academy Team Coach

Highest License obtained: USSF C Mexican Federation Pro License
Degree: Bachelors of Arts: History Major/Minor in Secondary Education

Playing experience:
6 years at the competitive club level
1996, 1997, 1999 STYSA State Champion 
HS Soccer State Sweet Sixteen 2x with Hanks High School (1998 & 2000)
El Paso Times Goalkeeper of the Year 2000 

Coaching Experience:
El Paso Locomotive Youth Soccer Coach Since 2019
PDP Coach 
Goalkeeper Director
2007 Blue Coach
2005 Blue Coach
2006 Academy Coach
20 years of Club Soccer Coaching Experience
Revolution FC 
Astros FC
El Paso Surf
El Paso Locomotive
10 Years of Girls Varsity Soccer at San Elizario HS (2019 Sweet Sixteen, 6 District Championships)
Co-Founder of Revolution Goalkeeping Academy (2017)

Jair Olivares

Locomotive 2007 Academy Team Coach

Highest License obtained: Professional Technical Director FIFA Licensed (Mexican Federation).
USSF B License
Degree: 
Master's degree in Educational Administration and Leadership.
Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology concentration Sports Sciences/Biology. 

Playing experience:
10 years professional soccer experience (Soles Cd. Juarez, Astros Cd. Juarez, Cobras Cd. Juarez, Rayados de Monterrey, Indios USA, El Paso Patriots.

Coaching Experience:
15 Years coaching at the youth level (U9-U18).
3 Years coaching High School Varsity Soccer.
3 Years coaching El Paso Locomotive Academy.
2 Years coaching adults Hooligans El Paso. 
1 Year coaching professionally with El Paso Coyotes (Major Arena Soccer League).
Copa Alianza Adults National Champion 2017.
Copa Rayados Champion 2021

Carlos Rodriguez

Locomotive 2010 Academy Team Coach

Highest License obtained: 
USSF C License 
Professional Head Coach Diploma from the Mexican Federation. 
Physical Trainer Diploma from the Mexican Soccer Federation

Degrees: Master's degree in Construction Management
Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering 

Coaching Experience:
17 Years coaching at youth level. (U9-U18)
2022 Dallas Cup Semi Finalists

Marc Rosch

Locomotive 2009 Academy Team Coach

Highest License Obtained: Holder of UEFA “A” (Union of European Football Association)
Coaching License since 2006.
Degree: BA in Kinesiology from UTEP
MA in Educational Leadership from UTEP

 

Playing experience: 
10 years playing experience as a semi professional in Germany

 

Coaching Experience: 
Andress HS Boys Soccer Head Coach from 2006-2015
Coronado HS Boys Soccer Head Coach from 2015-present
Professional Coaching Internships with CS Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) & FC Saarbrücken (Germany)